Red Deer RCMP have provided an update regarding the police presence that took place downtown Red Deer on Wednesday, November 22, 2023. 

At 11:45 a.m., Red Deer RCMP received a report of an assault that took place in an apartment at 3047 49 avenue in Red Deer.

Upon initial investigation, RCMP determined that the suspect was a known offender with multiple warrant for serious violent offences. Red Deer RCMP contained the residence and issued an advisory to area residents.

Red Deer RCMP with the assistance of the RCMP Emergency Response Team safely took the suspect into custody at a neighbouring apartment.

26-year-old Derrick Whitfort, a resident O’Chiese First Nation, has been charged with:

  • Assault causing bodily harm
  • Assault to appear for court (x3)
  • Mischief.

Whitford was taken before a justice of the peace and remanded into custody with his next court date for Nov. 23, 2023, at the Alberta Court of Justice in Red Deer.

Additionally, RCMP executed over 20 warrants out of Rocky Mountain House, Mayerthorpe, and Edmonton for serious offences including pointing a firearm, aggravated assault, assault causing, administering a noxious substance, unlawful confinement and many more.